Originally posted by Otter:
We're only 6 games in to the season, that is a fairly small sample size. Historically teams that have that bend but don't break approach, meaning giving up lots of yards but keep the opponent out of the endzone, eventually break. I don't think we'll see a dramatic dropoff the rest of the regular season because we benefit from 5 games against the Rams, Cardinals, and Seahawks. But when it comes to the better teams in the playoffs, I would expect that if they can move the ball up and down the field, they will eventually push it in for the score.
Going in to the Detroit game the 49ers were one of the top, if not the top, teams in the league as far as redzone defense, allowing 4 TDs in 15 trips. They allowed Detroit to score two touchdowns. Detroit scored TDs on 50% of their red zone trips. Against the better offenses, I think our defensive red zone percentage goes up.
Overall the defense is #13 in terms of yards, but 24th in terms of passing yards. They struggle against the pass. If the rookie continues to improve and they generate a pass rush, that will likely go up, but our secondary is the weak link on this defense.
Detroit's success, our overall struggles against the pass, just seem to be bad omens to me for our future success. But again, 6 games is a small sample size and a lot can happen. Culliver may come on and prove to be an effective corner opposite Rogers. Goldson may finally learn to wrap up someone on the tackle.
But but but....
They are THE #1 red-zone defense.
So.... I'm just messin' with ya. I know what you are saying. But it is still a sample and meaningful one at that. I can't wait 'till we face NYG, Balti, and Pitt, teams with good if not very good QBs. We handled Stafford well, but got burned by Romo. Still, I believe that one Dallas game was a fluke, not the other way around.
We'll see Otter, but I still think that the arrow is pointing up on our Secondary, not down. But, it can be said that the secondary is the weak link in the D's armor.
[ Edited by ninertico on Oct 19, 2011 at 12:19 PM ]